Highway Robbery




There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 
There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 
There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1 Corinthian 12:4-7

Packed up for a Christmas like Santa's overflowing sack, we made our way from Alabama to Kansas for Christmas. Our "sleigh" included car topper stuffed with presents. Mr. Claus (i.e. my dad) made a last minute mall stop and came out to find his pack stolen. 


Sometimes our gifts get stolen but the their thief isn't a grinch and the gifts belong at the foot of crossed beams not a decorated tree. We rob ourselves of spiritual gifts.
Each of us who follow Jesus, were granted a unique set of God-given gifts the day we said "I do" to Him. We can possess these gifts and still have them stolen. The two primary culprits are envy and inactivity.


Stolen by Envy


I don't remember exactly how my parents went about replacing those presents last minute but like every Christmas miracle they managed to pull it off. I'm certain those eleventh hour substitutions weren't identical to the originals but I don't remember a single relative complaining about what they opened.


They didn't complain because they didn't know what they were missing. Their eyes were focused on what they did receive and not on what they didn't. 


Envy deprives us from enjoying our own gifts. When we get start looking at others, our own abilities seem lacking. But when we peer only in our own box, we are completely satisfied with its contents.


Stolen by Inactivity


This week we've traversed the country with a little car topper of our own. Our hump makes the car easily identifiable across a parking lot but I've made sure it remained empty when we weren't actually on the highway. 


Just possessing a luggage compartment does no good if it's kept empty. This is like gifts God gives us that we are too scared, timid or insecure to use. Inactivity steals our gift's effectiveness as if they were never there.


Let's stop committing highway robbery. Open your sack. See what's inside. God's perfect gifts are planted inside.

14 comments:

  1. Glad you're having a good trip, and eating pizza!;)

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    1. lol - I'm back now and back on my normal routine. The vaca damage wasn't too bad - only a pound or so. :)

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  2. Shannon... love this. Your little hump :) We too have traveled that way. Enjoy this time. Blessings to you and yours. Godspeed.

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    1. It sure made it easy to pick out our car!

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  3. Fantastic post! All to often we are robbed by comparison when we have been blessed by what we are already in possession of. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Wendy, love this "robbed by comparison when we have been blessed by what we are already in possession of".

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  4. Wow, you really do have a way with words that just touch my heart. You are a true blessing, Shannon!

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    1. Awwww, thanks April. So thankful we connect!

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  5. i love road trips! i think they are one of the best parts of summer.

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    1. For sure. It's such an adventure to get the family all pile din the car and off to a new destination. We had a blast!

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  6. Family travel is one of my favorite things to do. It's nice to see wisdom words sewn into your family postings. I love that. I put your button on my blog so I remember to come back. :)

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    1. Wow, Rosey, I am so honored. Thank you. Blessings to you today, sweet friend!

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  7. Beautifully said. I need to open my sack and see whats inside more. Some days I wonder where the creativity is going to come from and pray... Come Holy Spirit Come... and even tho it's often late at night or sometimes early morning, I find what it is I need to say.

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    1. Come Holy Spirit...that is a powerful prayer!

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